Matt Kaulig Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

HUDSON, OH — Today, Ernst & Young (EY) announced that Owner and President Matt Kaulig of LeafFilter Gutter Protection is a finalist for the coveted Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Matt Kaulig was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 22 at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland hotel.

LeafFilter is North America’s leading gutter protection company. The company is the sole manufacturer, seller, and installer of LeafFilter’s patented and branded gutter guards, providing customer support throughout the entire sales and installation process. Once installed onto a homeowner’s existing gutters, it eliminates the hassle of gutter cleaning and protects the home from water-related damages.

“I am honored to be a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of the Year among such an exceptional group,” Kaulig said. “Not only is this an incredible accomplishment, but it is a testament to the incredible team we have built at LeafFilter. I am so proud and so motivated to do even more.”

Matt Kaulig started the company at his home in Northeast Ohio in 2005. Since then, under Kaulig’s strategic direction and vision, the company has grown from one small office to 38 offices across the United States and Canada.

“When I started the company twelve years ago, I never dreamed we would be the company that we are today,” Kaulig adds. “We have grown to over 500 employees, all of whom continue to strengthen our company culture and provide high-quality service to homeowners across North America.”

In the past, the EY program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc., Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc.

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Northeast Ohio, sponsors also include PNC Bank, Smart Business, Howard & O’Brien Executive Search, Oswald Companies and Alliance Solutions Group.

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About LeafFilter and LeafFilter North, LLC

Headquartered in Hudson, OH, LeafFilter™ has been rated the #1 professionally installed gutter protection system on the market. LeafFilter’s™ patented, branded system protects homes from the damages of clogged gutters, including foundation damage, structural issues, and other water-related problems. LeafFilter™ is the leading gutter protection company in North America, providing customer support throughout the entire sales and installation process. LeafFilter™ currently serves regions in 35 states through 38 office locations across the United States and Canada and has installed over 27 million feet of gutter protection product to date. Learn more about LeafFilter™ and its solutions at

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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